Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We Can Do It, Yes We Can! (or something like that but less optimistic)

Okay, so below is a list of what's left.  Of the original quote only 2, yes, 2 things are left but of course things come up.  Like total window rot on one of the front windows.  Duct work needs to be replaced in two spots (one doesn't even have duct to the vent).  And all the extra crap I keep adding.

For me, I am so very doubtful all this plus the yellow house's stuff are going to be done by Monday. 

They are installing kitchen cabinets as we speak, 2nd day of cabinet install.  I tiled the floor on Saturday and all day on my 40th birthday on Sunday, I seriously wanted to die, I'm never ever tiling that big a job again, small bathrooms only.  I bought 20 boxes of tile thinking I'd have left overs and return and we went through all 20 boxes! That's 200 square feet!  I still have to grout it!  I grouted last night after the handyman left and grouted for 3 hours and did about 1/3 of the room.  I'm in so much pain!  I also have to build a giant closet armoire thing from Ikea for our bedroom and 2 large dressers for Brian's parents.

It's also been raining for at least 2 weeks straight, maybe 3 weeks.  It's off and on but mostly on.

I just don't see how we are going to get done with everything.  I think the plan is to finish the cabinets, then do all the stuff that needs to be done here and then finish our house up to when we move and after we move.  It will not be done by the time we move in.  I also still have to paint the dining room and kitchen.

Part of original estimate

7. Move 3 selected light fixtures over to the house. $90.00
8. Install kitchen cabinets, sink & faucet and permanently install dishwasher. $460.00

Don't forget washer outlet

Additional Items

Install window in front bedroom
Install duct work in two spots
Install 2 ext lights
Swap 4th fixture in houses
Install outlet in living room, move cable from dining to kitchen
Exchange bedroom window a/c outlet for regular outlet
Install cablevision line in kitchen
Hook up ice maker
Order countertop
Install toilet
Replace screen on front door
Install new door knob and lock on front door
Remove trash from backyard (old cabinets)
Tighten drain under bath sink (it seems to only leak when I use it)
Shorten interior doors (1 inch each?)

Yellow House
Install shower surround with railings
Install railings on front steps
Secure railings back steps
Discuss toilet railings
Secure kitchen faucet (it's wobbly)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mini Pendant

The pendant over the sink at the Blue House did not survive the demolition.  You would think finding a replacement pendant would be easy but I kept thinking "school house" and then I'd look at Schoolhouse pendants and think the ceiling is a school house fixture, do I really want the same thing.

I also had a budget, as always, had an idea of an amount that I didn't want to go over.  I ended going over that amount but I didn't break into the crazy amount.  I used a coupon code too, that helped.

One day, you'll get to see this dazzler over our new kitchen sink!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Ok, so these are the brackets I ordered from Anthropologie for $24, each.

Then today I got an email from Van Dyke's Restorers that had these for $13 each.
1. The aqua is questionable on the Anthropologie ones.  How many different shades of aqua does a room need?  I don't even know if they are going to match.

2.  You notice on the cheaper shelves on the top part of the bracket there are holes to screw the shelf into the bracket.  Anthro's brackets, as similar as they are, do not have these holes.  I was going to have to rig something to secure the shelf to the bracket so it doesn't slide off with all my (Anthropologie) prized dishware.

3.  Seriously Anthropologie?  It's exactly the same.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Interior Black Doors

I'm strongly considering painting the interior doors black.  I just think this looks so freaking awesome.  The interior doors are new cheapy ones and need something so they look different.  Such a big job though.  If I paint the insides (where the rooms are) then I have to paint the closet doors too.  I really don't want to do that.  Hmmm.

I'm posting iphone photos regularly on flickr (see the side bar).  I wish I had more time to put together some detailed entries but I just don't.  Blogger takes forever to load photos, I just don't have the time.  Please keep an eye out on Flickr if you're interested in my progress.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011


Saturday morning I went over to the blue house with my gallon sprayer of new bug spray concentrate. I went around the perimeter of the inside, like I do at home but even more consistent because there's no cats to worry about or furniture in the way.

Then later that day Brian and I went over to start taking apart the kitchen. Appliances had to be moved out of the way first. We started with the stove, or he did. And of course there were bugs behind it running for cover. I had brought over my can of bug spray that my mom gives me, the same stuff Terminex uses. And he sprayed and I squirmed standing outside the backdoor on the deck. Next he went to pull out the refrigerator and there was water under it and from what he described, I didn't see it, hundreds of bugs. He sprayed and then we had to deal with the refrigerator. The tenants left an open bag of ice in the freezer and then the power was shut off. I called on Friday to have it turned back on but they can't turn the power back on until Tuesday. So the ice melted and there's an opening in the back of the freezer and it ran down inside the refrigerator and out the bottom. We ended up turning the refrigerator on its side to empty all the water, there was a lot, and a couple more bugs. I ended up using the gel on the bottom of the refrigerator. I didn't want to spray because I don't know what the spray will do to the electrical parts.

We mopped up the water (and bugs) with a towel that we threw out. Brian started ripping out the cabinets. The vibration of beating on the cabinets would make more bugs come out. There was a spot on the floor behind the refrigerator where a lot of bugs ran into. The upper cabinets weren't too big a deal but the bottom cabinets really sucked. Did you know the bugs can hang out in your quarter round. They're just wedged in there unsuspecting and obviously not bothered by whatever I sprayed this morning. Brian would pop the quarter round off and one or more would run out looking for a hole to run to. The sink was problematic. Brian removed the sink and a bug was running around the bottom of it while he took it outside. It was hard to remove the sink cabinet because the pipes that come out for the water and drain. He had to saw the cabinet around the pipes with a saw we use on tree limbs, it's all we have especially with no electricity. It took forever and I couldn't help him because bugs were everywhere.

Behind the sink cabinet is a huge hole, like huge, you can see the pipes running up the wall and the dry wall is broken and falling everywhere. There were holes behind all the cabinets. It just seems so easy to patch all your walls and then install cabinets. I mean, of course you would get bugs there, it's completely open. All the cabinets came out on Saturday and we ended up using the entire bug spray can in the kitchen.

On Sunday we went back over to take out the hot water heater cabinet and start ripping up the floor. I only had a can of Raid now and some Boric Acid powder I bought earlier in the day at Lowes. First we had to move the appliances into the living room. The stove was easy enough. Under the refrigerator there was still a little bit of water and some bugs were there. I sprayed with Raid and it made the floor slippery. Brian almost fell. I had to use another towel to wipe up the Raid and throw that towel away too. He ended up having to take off the doors to get it through the door way. I had a hard time just standing there trying to help him hold the doors. There were a couple little ones from time to time that were running around. I mean, WTF, does the spray not do anything. The little guys are out running around??? Finally the refrigerator and the stove were in the dining room. I took the roach powder and made a circle of powder around the appliances, it looks like a witch's circle.

Then Brian went to take out the water heater cabinet and it started back up again, bugs everywhere. He had to hammer apart the cabinet because I couldn't bring myself to touch it. Bugs were running around the wood while he was beating it apart with the hammer. Once it was out I squirted the powder around the hot water heater and again, in the big hole behind the hot water heater.

Brian then started on the floor and it's taking a lot of energy to get the tile to come up. We found under the cabinets a layer of wood that we knew about under the tile, then a layer of vinyl sheet, then more wood. I really want everything up from the vinyl up and then put down new flooring. Heck, at this point I'd love to go down to the floor frame and put down all new subfloor. If the ground was exposed we could really spray. I also really want the dry wall to come down on the kitchen cabinet side of the wall. At least to the window. It doesn't have to be neat or perfect because cabinets will cover it but at least it will be solid and new and we can get behind the walls to see what's back there and resolve it.

I'm so troubled by this I can't even tell you. I don't even want to be there. I didn't even go over today. Brian couldn't finish the floor because it was too much work. I ended up using the entire bottle of boric acid in the dining room and kitchen. I put out the Gentrol tabs that make the bugs infertile. I should have put them throughout the house but I was really troubled by the kitchen. It's all very troubling. I just don't know how to express what I'm going through.

I've used:

1 gallon of Demon spray, highly rated stuff
A few beads of gel on the underside of the refrigerator
1 entire can of the bug spray Terminex uses
1 entire bottle of Boric acid.

Last night I ordered 2 cans of bug spray and some sort of powder that's supposed to be better than boric acid, another $75.

We also called the bug guy today and he's coming over tomorrow. I really want him to spray under the house, like crazy spray under there and whatever he wants to do in the house, I mean, my god, how much more can you do in the kitchen???

Today we didn't go over to the house at all. I spend the day working and then we went to Best Buy to price appliances. I don't even want to keep the dishwasher anymore, I want all the appliances gone. Brian still wants to use the refrigerator at the office. I think he's crazy. The plan has always been to take the office refrigerator to the blue house because it has an icemaker.

So new expenses are:

Rip up the floor, please god

Remove dry wall on the cabinet side at least to the window

Beg the bug guy to do whatever it takes, tent the fucking house and bomb it, I don't care at this point, it's the #1 priority at this point.

Get the floor leveled so I'm open to more and easier flooring options, I just don't see myself laying 150 square feet of tile in that room, at this point.

New stove, new dishwasher (dishwasher was always a maybe because I'm not sure if you can hardwire the portable dishwasher). We decided for the stove to buy Brian's parents a new, cheaper stove, and move our stove over to the blue house. This will save about $250 plus tax.

I also want all the air conditioning duct work to be replaced. I have to get the handy man to give me a quote for that. This is something I've been wanting to do since we bought the house.

Tomorrow morning the bug guy is coming over and the handy man starts tomorrow as well. He's supposed to take down the wall between the kitchen and dining room first. I think removing that old chimney will help too. I think water is getting in there through the roof.

Thursday, September 01, 2011


Let's see on first quick glance after tenants moved today.

Broken fence picket (pre-hurricane), piece of screen door gingerbreading trim came off, guess I should be grateful to have the part, screen is done, has to be replaced, the expensive Rejuvenation light fixture in the living room, giant thing, is on the ground in the living room, I didn't even check to see if it was broken.

House is smelly, kitchen almost as dirty as when last tenants left and I only mention it because the tenant so wanted to assure me how much of a clean freak she is. Broken tile, lots of it, like something large fell on the ground in front of sink, okay because we are replacing the tile but my god, what if we weren't. This is the worst I've ever seen. Tile hasn't been cleaned in forever, surprise, surprise. Everything is dirty in here.

Stove atrocious, I can barely stand to look at it. Tried taking kitchen measurements for cabinets, bug ran out against wall behind the stove while we were there, yes, the bug problem is real and I'm so glad the kitchen is going, I can't wait. Need to spray right away. Need to spray right away.

Of course now it's Friday and I have to work. We plan on some demolition this weekend, hopefully the entire kitchen. Handyman starts on Tuesday.

Oh, I can't lock the deadbolt, the key won't go in. I didn't even go in the bathroom or bedrooms.

House overall feels dark, uninviting, creepy, dirty. I hope I can change all of that in the next month.

What have I gotten myself into?